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August 16, 2012
A smash hit on its recent release in China, "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" offers an over-the-top mix of fantasy, adventure and romance that plays as a fussy, convoluted mess. In an ancient world in which spirit demons roam the earth, the spirit Xiaowei (Xun Zhou), searching for a chance to become more human, finds herself matching wits with Princess Jing (Wei Zhao), who is on the run from threats against her, as the two both seek love on their own terms for their own ends. The film, a sequel to 2008's "Painted Skin," is directed by Wuershan, who also made the recent "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.
April 12, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Actress Scarlett Johansson topped the box office charts last weekend playing the character of Black Widow in the Marvel superhero flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " That same weekend she was on screen as a man-eater of a different type in the cryptic indie sci-fi film "Under the Skin. " As a space alien in human form who lures male victims into a mysterious black void, Johansson gives a performance at once sinister, sultry and unexpectedly sympathetic. If "Captain America" was the latest product of a studio franchise machine, "Under the Skin" was the handcrafted result of writer-director Jonathan Glazer's 10-year quest to bring a singular experience to the screen.
There is a pivotal scene in "Skin," a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story plucked out of the mess of South Africa's apartheid, when young Sandra Laing's father shouts the good news to the family -- "She's white again." Surreal and ironic, the moment captures the sensibility of this ambitious if sometimes uneven indie film with its eye always on the larger issues of race to be found within one unusual life. Those three simple words turn out to be anything but good news for the dark-skinned Sandy, who was classified white at birth, then reclassified "colored" (mixed race)
April 5, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Radiant Orchid, the trend color of 2014 as decreed by color specialist Pantone, has shown up all across the beauty spectrum. The flower is appearing literally - as the key ingredient in Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, for instance. Or it's an inspiration - for example, as the basis of trendy nail wraps from Jamberry Nails Radiant Orchid Collection. In skin care, orchid extract is touted as an effective moisturizer; orchid leaves contain plant pigments called anthocyanins - also present in blueberries and acai - known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
January 29, 1989
Re: "Celebrity Tattooing, for the Skin They Love to Touch Up" by Jeannine Stein, Jan. 13. Dear Trendmongers, How can all these people getting tattoos think they are being anti-social or rebellious when they're doing it to be like everyone else they know? The terms trendy or conformist would be more suitable. No wonder California is known as the airhead capital of the world. People would wear toilet seats around their necks if their favorite moronic rock star did it. RON KAISSER Norwalk
April 25, 2011 | By Shara Yurkiewicz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We enter the gross anatomy lab at 8 a.m. and spend the next two-and-a-half hours palpating bodies, cutting through skin and subcutaneous fat, probing muscle layers and searching for nerves and blood vessels. Before our first day, our anatomy professor spoke briefly about the special — and privileged — experience that lay ahead. "You will remember where you were standing," she said. "You will remember the first cut. " That cut was not our first interaction with the cadavers.
October 29, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Talk about a boo-boo. Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 injuries from medical tape removal - and the ones who suffer most are babies in neonatal units, whose fragile skin is easily ripped when nurses and doctors remove medical devices affixed to the infants by super-sticky adhesive.  Some kids suffer permanent scarring. Senior citizens are frequently hurt by tape removal too. To try to help out these fragile-skinned patients, a team of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, along with collaborators at MIT, have invented a new type of quick-release medical tape that may reduce skin injuries.  When ripped away from the body, with its three-layer design that inserts a laser-etched release liner between the tape backing and the sticky adhesive, it doesn't tear apart from the skin.
June 20, 2011 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A biological Jell-O with a structure as precise as a microchip's could someday be the surgeon's patch to seal large, deep wounds and help them regrow skin. Using techniques borrowed from silicon chip design, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a network of channels in soft sheets of collagen, a main component of skin. Body cells fill those channels with blood vessels — and that crucial blood supply, in turn, coaxes skin to regrow. This tissue template, described online May 6 in the journal Biomaterials, works well in mice.
August 11, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The electrode, that staple of hospitals and medical dramas alike, may soon exit stage left. Researchers have designed a wireless electronic monitoring device so thin it can be applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo. It could one day be used to monitor heart, brain and muscle activity of patients without their even noticing. The research, released Thursday in the journal Science, could rid hospitals of the unwieldy, outdated monitoring systems, which often involve needles, webs of wires and conductive gels.
July 7, 2011
  Crisp-skinned salmon with lentils, bacon and dandelion greens Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 6 to 8 salmon fillets (1½ to 2 pounds total) Salt 2 slices bacon, cut in thin strips 1/4 cup chopped carrots, chopped in roughly ½-inch pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 pound lentils (preferably green lentils)
April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
March 22, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
In youth-obsessed Hollywood, the idea of aging, even if it's like fine wine, may seem hard to swallow. But there may be something to that analogy. Since the virtues of red wine have been extolled for years - the antioxidants are said to prevent heart disease - why not try to harness those powers in anti-aging skin care products? Many beauty brands have done just that, among them Caudalíe, a 19-year-old Parisian company that opened its first West Coast outpost, a boutique in Venice, this month.
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
A West Hollywood skin care expert who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to snuff out the competition pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County courtroom Wednesday. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who boasted a celebrity clientele including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, is charged with one count of solicitation of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The allegation has stunned neighbors and associates, who said they knew about the rivalry between DaLuise and esthetician Gabriel Suarez but never thought it would go so far. Suarez moved in a couple doors down from DaLuise's business last year and started offering facials and male body waxing; the competition created tension.
March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from skin cancer. "I'm a very lucky man," said the former Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Hall of Famer about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. “I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body.” The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
March 13, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Think of a robot. Chances are you imagined one with legs like C-3PO of "Star Wars" fame or something with wheels like NASA's Mars rover Curiosity . Neither of these rigid body types are particularly flexible and certainly can't move through water well. But what about a robot with a tail? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a soft robot based on a fish, which can bend its body and quickly flee the way that real fish do to escape predators. Typical robots are rigid with exposed mechanisms and unnatural movement, but the fish described in the first issue of the new journal Soft Robotics is covered in a soft silicone skin.
March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as the skin-care guru of the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood "skin refinery" that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her, and she's the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
September 5, 2013 | By John Horn
"You don't want to wake up, do you?" That's what you hear Scarlett Johansson whisper at the start of a new trailer for "Under the Skin," the provocative alien-on-Earth drama from director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") that premiered at last weekend's Telluride Film Festival before heading to the Venice Film Festival. As the preview makes clear, "Under the Skin" is a visually arresting movie filled with stunning images, including Johansson wearing very few clothes.
January 10, 2010 | By Max Padilla
Sonya Dakar of the eponymous Beverly Hills skin-care clinic says clients head her way after the holidays "with suitcases in hand," begging her to remedy the effects of overindulging in food and drink and jet-setting from Palm Springs to London. "People come to me and say, 'I need a change,' " says Dakar, with a laugh. "And like Obama, I bring change." Sonya Dakar's Detox Fitness Facial treatment (on special for $250 through Jan. 31 -- regularly $500) is a "skin workout" that uses hyperbaric oxygen and acupressure along with peels and masks to remedy holiday excess.
March 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A skin care specialist with a Hollywood celebrity clientele has been arrested and charged in a plot to hire a hit man to kill off a competitor who moved into her territory, authorities said. Dawn DaLuise, who owns Dawn DaLuise's Skin Refinery in West Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday and charged Friday with one count of solicitation of murder after detectives discovered an alleged plot to hire a man to kill her business rival, Gabriel Suarez, officials said. Records show Suarez operates Smooth Cheeks in the same block as DaLuise's business in the 8500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
March 5, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she was merely comparing the tactics used by Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin - and not equating the men themselves - when she drew a parallel between Hitler's efforts to resettle Germans in the late 1930s to Putin's recent moves to issue Russian passports to citizens in Ukraine with ties to Russia. The eyebrow-raising remarks were offered at a private fundraiser in Long Beach on Tuesday. "Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the '30s," Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
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